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-level meetings with prime minister netanyahu and comes at a critical time. he will try to appeal to their elected officials to allow time for sanctions against iran to work before attempting military action. the president will also visit the west bank and jordan. >>> also in the middle east an american citizen emerging as the alternative to president bashar al assad in syria. he is from texas and elected early this morning as the leader of the opposition and could be the first prime minister if the government of al assad is ever toppled. >>> to a close call for thousands of college students walking around campus with a heavily armed gunman in their midst but police swooped down on the university of central florida before their fellow student could carry out his plot. here's pierre thomas with the latest. >> reporter: hundreds at the university of central florida evacuated as word broke of a gunman on campus. >> the cops had guns and were telling everyone to run. >> we noticed something was wrong because we saw a policeman with a big rifle and everything. >> reporter: it turns out the students may
said, it's the president's first trip to israel and the palestinian territories since he was elected and the first time that he and prime minister netanyahu will meet since he was elected in the last few months. so it's really the symbolism. the white house called this a broad strategic conversation during which they will discuss iran, syria, the israeli/palestinian peace process. on those first two issues, they really are seeking some clarity over what to do if various scenarios arise. on the peace process, the white house has said from the get-go they're not coming here with any grand plan, any great new ideas and, frankly, there is not a lot of optimism among the three parties, the u.s., israel and the palestinians, that peace negotiators will be back at the table any time soon. >> alex, there have been reports and only reports of chemical weapons in syria. president obama has said that that is his red line. is this conflict overshadowing the visit? >> reporter: we have to be very careful when we talk about chemical weapons. when the white house talks about chemical weapons and re
. it was the first trip president obama made to israel and the palestinian territories since he was elected but there was no real banner diplomatic accomplishment. we'll expect to see the main issues that were discussed here continue to be the focus of the u.s./israeli relationship. syria, iran, the israeli/palestinian peace process. they will continue to coordinate closely on syria and iran. you can expect to see israel continue to demand that the u.s. exert strong pressure on iran to prevent it from getting a nuclear weapon, and you can also expect to see secretary of state john kerry back here in israel and the palestinian territories, more often than his predecessor, secretary clinton, as the u.s. tries to get the peace process back on track, which, of course, the obama administration failed to do in the first term. john, diana. >> and that trip coming to an end later on today, alex marquardt, thank you so much for that. >>> a suspect in the murder of colorado's prison chief has been killed and shot in a shootout in texas. >> he has been identified as evan spencer ebel, an ex-con and a
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